Bills 27, Jaguars 20

Danny Aller, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Needing a victory to avoid finishing in last place in the AFC East for the sixth consecutive season, the Buffalo Bills got just that Sunday when they defeated Jacksonville 27-20, snapping the Jaguars' three-game win streak.
The Bills (5-9) also ended a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time on the road this season -- both of those victories coming in Florida. They also beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 7, while Sunday was rookie starting quarterback EJ Manuel's first victory away from Buffalo.
Manuel, who entered the game with the NFL's lowest quarterback rating, passed for 193 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and he also rushed for 39 yards and a score.
After falling behind 10-3, Buffalo scored 17 unanswered points and took a 20-10 halftime lead on an 8-yard rushing score by Manuel, a 7-yard receiving touchdown to wide receiver Robert Woods and Dan Carpenter's second field goal of the first half.
Buffalo running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were held to a total of 34 rushing yards on 16 carries last week at Tampa Bay, but they shined Sunday. The duo, who combined to run for 186 yards in Buffalo's 34-18 home victory against Jacksonville last year, had similar success once again and piled up 147 yards in the win.
Jackson led the Bills with 80 yards on 17 carries, while Spiller tallied 67 yards on 13 rushes and Woods notched a team-high 82 yards receiving on five catches.
Jacksonville, meanwhile, failed to win four in a row for the first time in six years. The Jaguars had been 4-1 since their bye week and the hottest team in the AFC, but the absence of several key starters Sunday -- including leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and top wideout Cecil Shorts III (groin) -- was noticeable immediately.
Jacksonville (4-10) got 109 unexpected yards from backup running back Jordan Todman, while Jags quarterback Chad Henne had an up-and-down game.
Henne was 21-for-36 passing for 237 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Henne hit rookie wideout Ace Sanders in the first half for a 12-yard score -- Sanders' first TD of his career -- and Josh Scobee booted a 42-yarder in the first half, then tied his career-long with a 55-yarder in the third quarter to cut the Jags' deficit to 20-13.
Jacksonville would tie the game a little more than a minute into the fourth quarter when Henne found tight end Marcedes Lewis, who rumbled in from 13 yards out to make it 20-20 with 13:50 left in the game. Lewis led all Jags wideouts with four catches for 54 yards.
Buffalo, however, would regain the lead for good with 9:35 remaining on the clock when Manuel hit fullback Frank Summers from a yard away. The score marked Manuel's second touchdown pass for the game and cemented him in the Bills' history books.
Manuel needed just two touchdown passes Sunday to break Dennis Shaw's record for the most passing touchdowns in one season by a rookie quarterback with 10, a mark that had stood since 1970.
The Jags had two chances to tie on their final two drives, but the first ended with Henne being intercepted in the end zone by Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, then Jacksonville's last gasp ended with three straight Henne incompletions.
The Bills, the NFL's leader in sacks with 44, brought down Henne five times.
Buffalo was led by eight stops by defensive back Leodis McKelvin, while linebacker Kiko Alonso, the NFL's second-leading tackler, tallied six stops.
Jacksonville's leading tackler, Paul Posluszny, who was a second-round pick of the Bills in 2007 and remained in Buffalo until 2010, once again led the Jaguars in tackles Sunday -- just as he did during his final two years with the Bills. Posluszny, the NFL's third-leading tackler, finished with a team-high 13 tackles and a sack.
NOTES: Sunday's game marked the Bills' second straight week with a road trip to Florida after falling to Tampa last week 27-6. The Bills are now 2-1 in the Sunshine State this year with their other victory in Florida coming in Week 7 at Miami ... The Bills now lead the all-time series against Jacksonville 7-5, including two wins in a row ... After showing up late for another meeting, one-time Jags star DE Jeremy Mincey was released Saturday. Mincey, re-signed last year to a four-year, $20 million deal, had 14 tackles and one sack in eight games this season ... The Jags honored former star QB Mark Brunell at halftime, inducting him into the "Pride of the Jaguars" Hall of Fame. Brunell played nine seasons in Jacksonville and holds nearly every franchise passing record.

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